Dec. 15th, 2011 09:14 pm
1. You are planning a project. Daydreaming often. Maybe writing sketches, outlines, backgrounds, whatever you want to call it. In that period of expectancy you know so well. Don't try to fit every idle profundity you stumble across into your framework. Let some things play out on their own, no matter how tempted you are to work them somehow into your design. Like taking a break from your obsessions by momentarily replacing them.

2. Don't feel guilty about not writing. It doesn't help you write more, quite the opposite. So why do it? You feel guilty about not writing, then feel too embarrassed to write. Let it go. So if you stop working on something and a year passes, twenty years, a billion, so what? Does your obsession with finishing, whatever that means, help you to finish?

3. And no, that isn't justification for laziness. If you find yourself justifying laziness then try to remember that laziness itself is your actual problem. Sloth is slinky like that, a master of misdirection.


Dec. 3rd, 2011 08:53 pm
Write to the future.
Start. Otherwise, go wash dishes or something.
Full Commitment. If you're writing for five minutes, those five minutes need to be devoted. An intriguing ten minute session is worth more than an hour pecking despondently at the keys. Be fascinated with whatever you're writing. Find a way, or choose something else.
Make sense. Your ideas should be intelligible to someone. Even if that someone is theoretical, it's enough to know that you understand how your writing will be interpreted by various people and types of people. This doesn't mean that your overcritical urges are justified, which brings us to...
You are not a reliable critic of your own work. Making changes to your writing needs to be done by tip #2. If you are not in that state of fascination, don't edit. Go wash the dishes or whatever.

as --> if

Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:24 pm
Make every decision under guidance from a single principle. The principle itself is secondary, choose skillfully but without apprehension. Consistent direction will, with massive purpose, get you somewhere.
  • 1. Use cheese as a seasoning, not a staple.
    • A. Meat, or its friendly substitute, can give direction to a dish but not dominate it. When most of the mass on your plate is one solidus you've made a mistake.
  • 2. Use cliches sparingly and with purpose.
  • 3. Always be in the process or reading something.
  • 4. Err gracefully


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